FOR all the ineptitude
of the Portuguese police
McCann, their most
shameful act was the
persecution of the
little girl’s parents.
A mum and dad
are obvious targets for initial suspicion when a child goes
missing. But in this case there was not one shred of
vicious leaks about DNA traces and alibis that didn’t add up
The police had
tunnel vision. They simply did not believe a child could be
kidnapped on their patch and made Kate and Gerry “arguidos”
because they had nothing else.
So, on top of
the pain, longing and guilt they already endured, the
McCanns had to live with the black mark of suspicion too.
The lifting of
their suspect status after ten months will be a merciful end
to this particular chapter.
But for them —
if not for Portugal’s witless detectives — the story goes